But then, that's India for you - continuously springing surprises.
Two night flights, a three hour time difference, non-spicy food with chilis ("but those are not the spicy kind of chilis!"), two children who survive on yoghurt, milk and bananas, mad traffic and constant pollution - we will not be doing this again anytime soon.
And yet - we had a blast. We met lovely friends, we (the adults) ate wonderful food, we saw loads of animals (wandering cows, begging monkeys, touristy camels, goats everywhere, by the roadside, on taxi's, in riksha's), we saw loads of colourful shiny things, we were mobbed by adoring strangers.
It was good. Not advisable, definitely not a good idea, but still a surprisingly happy holiday.